Thursday, February 28, 2019

Special Delivery

Adventures in Rainbow Country – La Chute

Spirit Bay – A Time to Be Brave

The Adventures of Black Beauty – The Horse Thieves

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Classic Nick Alert – The Monkees

1986 marked the 20th anniversary for The Monkees and suddenly a whole new generation suddenly had Monkee Mania as the “pre-fab” four once again aired on both MTV and Nickelodeon. Suddenly Super Teen, 16 Magazine, Tiger Beat and many other popular magazines at the time were filled with not only classic Monkees articles but new articles as well. 

But now with the passing of a second Monkee, Davy Jones being the first, MeTV will air two Monkees episodes that feature Peter Tork. Tune in this Sunday, February 24, at 5PM | 4C to pay tribute to one of our favorite groups.

The two episodes that will are:

“One Man Shy" – 5PM | 4C
A rich debutante named Valerie books the Monkees to play her coming-out bash. Awkward Peter immediately falls head-over-heels for her. Just one problem — the girl's snobby rich suitor goes out of his way to show her why she should never be with poor Peter. The Monkees cook up their own plot in retaliation to prove just what a fine fellow Peter truly is. Features the tunes "Valerie" and "I'm A Believer."

“The Devil and Peter Tork” – 5:30PM | 4:30PM
This tale is based loosely on Stephen Vincent Benet's fantasy novel The Devil and Daniel Webster (just like the song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"). Peter falls in love with a golden harp in Mr. Zero's Pawn Shop. Alas, he has no cash to buy it. Zero produces a Faustian contract, which Peter signs. Micky, Mike and Davy remind Peter that he can't play the harp. But — poof! — Zero appears in a cloud of smoke and endows Peter with masterful harp skills. The lads suddenly become a harp act — and an instant overnight success.

Classic Nick Rocks – The Monkees

The Monkees – That Was Then, This Is Now (Version 1)

The Monkees – I'll Be Back Upon My Feet

The Monkees – Saturday’s Child

The Monkees – No Time

The Monkees – She

The Monkees – Pleasant Valley Sunday

The Monkees – Take A Giant Step

The Monkees – Words

The Monkees – Forget That Girl

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Monkees Singer Peter Tork Dies At 77

 Monkees Singer Peter Tork Dies At 77 After Being Diagnosed With Rare Tongue Cancer 10 Years Ago


PUBLISHED: 11:21 EST, 21 February 2019
UPDATED: 12:54 EST, 21 February 2019

·         The Monkees singer Peter Tork died Thursday at the age of 77
·         His sister Anne Thorkelson confirmed the news but not the cause of death
·         Tork was diagnosed with rare cancer adenoid cystic carcinoma in 2009 but his regular check-ups showed he was clear in 2012
·         He survived by his fourth wife Pam Tork as well as children Ivan Joseph Iannoli, Hallie Luia Tork, Erica Marie Tork
·         Davy Jones, the group's lone Brit, died of a heart attack in 2012 at 66 as they prepared for a reunion tour
·         Same year Tork told Daily Mail 'I'm an alcoholic' who was '34 years clean'. 'Once I pick up the first drink, something gets triggered and I have no resistance'

Monkees bassist-and-singer Peter Tork died Thursday at the age of 77, his sister Anne Thorkelson has confirmed.

Tork's sibling did not clarify the suspected cause of his death but in 2009 the musician was diagnosed with a rare cancer that affected his tongue.

'It is with beyond-heavy and broken hearts that we share the devastating news that our friend, mentor, teacher, and amazing soul, Peter Tork, has passed from this world,' a post on his official Facebook page read.

He celebrated his birthday last Wednesday and survived by his fourth wife Pam Tork as well as children Ivan Joseph Iannoli, Hallie Luia Tork, Erica Marie Tork.

Pam was there to support Peter six years ago when he battled adenoid cystic carcinoma – a rare cancer that occurs in the head and neck.

His regular check-ups showed he was clear in 2012 and they married in 2013.

'When I heard I had this cancer, I had a bloody good cry, and then it was a case of, "Right what do I do now?"' he previously told Daily Mail. 'They performed the surgery and I couldn't talk for about a day or two, but Pam came with me to hold my hand.'

David 'Davy' Jones, the group's lone Brit, died of a heart attack in 2012 at 66 as they prepared for a reunion tour.

The same year Tork admitted he was an alcoholic.

He told Daily Mail: 'I'm an alcoholic, and that means once I pick up the first drink, something gets triggered and I have no resistance, so the answer is to not drink at all. I'm 34 years clean and dry now. I was awful when I was drinking, snarling at people.'

Tork was the oldest member of the group in 1966 when their NBC show The Monkees first aired, the 24-year-old helped spark Monkeesmania with an offshoot of merchandise, top-selling music and tour tickets from the TV hit.

Although it only ran for two seasons, the Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider-produced program won an Emmy for outstanding comedy.  

As well as playing bass for the four-piece - also made up of Jones, Mickey Dolenz, and Mike Nesmith - Tork sang lead on some of the band's tracks including Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again.

He penned the tune for the four-piece's 1968 movie, Head, which features cameos from the likes of Dennis Hopper, Frank Zappa and Jack Nicholson who wrote the film allegedly while tripping on LSD.

The Daydream Believer hitmakers surged in popularity past the likes of the Beatles and Rolling Stones in 1967 with their album selling 35 million copies, a round double that of their rivals combined.

Titled Monkees, the LP featuring hits such as I'm a Believer and Last Train to Clarksville, resulted in several no. 1 singles for the group.

While trained musician Tork also played keyboards in the group, the Washington DC man was said to be 'mortified' when he joined and realized they would not actually play their instruments.

The manufactured band had tunes written by the likes of Carole King, Neil Diamond and Jeff Barry when they first emerged on the music scene and had used session musicians for their debut release before Tork had even signed up.

The men had answered an advert for 'four insane boys aged 17 to 21' to star in a new TV series.

The show became an instant success with fans including singer-songwriter Tom Petty and John Lennon, who nicknamed the Monkees 'the Marx Brothers of rock'.

They would go on to have Jimi Hendrix as a tour support act. But it wasn't enough for Tork who longed to be taken seriously as a musician.

After the release of their second album More of the Monkees in 1967, the men fought for more songwriting and performance control and their third release Headquarters was a reflection of their chops.

By 1969 Tork had left the Monkees and his venture into a new group called Release proved unsuccessful in 1970. The Monkees split.

Dolenz told Daily Mail: 'When it came to Daydream Believer, which was really Davy's song, we told the audience, "We can't sing this song any more – it belongs to you now," and they sang it instead.'

Reunion tours in 1997 and 2001 reportedly dissolved into bickering, but there was no real animosity. 'There were moments of tension,' admitted Peter. 'But the Monkees never promised to stay together. People forget we started out as the cast of a TV show.'

Trained musicians Tork and Dolenz were cast as the members of a rock band who found themselves in one crazy adventure after another as they struggled to make it big.

In 2012 Tork admitted they smoked substances strong than cigarettes during their height of fame.

Tork found himself in trouble when he was arrested for possession of hashish and spent three months in prison in 1972.

'Well, we were young adults in the ‘60s so there may have been a quick toke before we read our lines, but we couldn't do our job properly if we were wasted on drugs, so we did work really hard,' he confessed.

When Tork, Jones and Dolenz toured the US in 2001, Tork quit early, unable, he said, to put up with 'the drinking and difficult behavior offstage'.

'The truth,' Peter said in 2012, 'is that I'm still confused about my own behavior then and I'm not sure that I had all my own faculties at the time, sober or not. The drinking itself was not an issue and if it were, I would not have rejoined them.'

And he'd always found the fame hard to handle. 'I gave a lot of my money away when I was younger – just left it in bowls around the house and people would help themselves to handfuls of it,' he said.

'I wasn't thinking too clearly at the time and it might have been my low self-esteem, thinking that I didn't deserve to keep the money, but it wasn't really that bright, was it?' he laughs. 'I mean, there's nothing wrong with giving money away to people, but give it where you can do some good.'

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Classic Nick Rocks

The Cockroaches – It's Another Saturday Night

Heart – Alone

Victoria Justice – Make It In America

Rick Springfield – The Human Touch

Olivia Newton John – Make A Move On Me

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – Everyday People

Def Leppard – Rock of Ages

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Classic Nick Rocks

Tiffany – I Think We're Alone Now

Ace of Base – All That She Wants 

Russ Taff – I Still Believe

Prince – When Doves Cry

Nena – 99 Luftballons

Mary Chapin Carpenter – Down at the Twist and Shout

Hanson – MMMBop

Friday, February 8, 2019

Fun Facts About The Dukes of Hazzard

As we all know, The Dukes of Hazzard never aired on Nickelodeon but with Nick’s upcoming 40th anniversary just around the corner I thought it would be fun to take a look at another series which also got it’s start in 1979.

·        The Dukes of Hazzard first aired on January 26, 1979, as a filler prime time program until The Incredible Hulk returned to the airwaves. With only nine episodes were ordered the executives at CBS crossed their fingers and hoped for the best and they got it! Lasting for a total of seven seasons the show racked up an impressive 147 episodes the show was a hit and made house hold names of their new and rising stars. So, let’s take a look at some facts about the show you may, or may not, have known.

·        The show’s original concept was roughly about two brothers who were at odds with the corrupt law authorities of Hazzard County.

·        The series was considered an action-comedy.

·        The series was inspired by the 1975 film Moonrunners, which was also created by Gy Waldron and had many identical or similar character names and concepts.

·        William Paley, CBS chairman, hated the show. Sad but true. Apparently, the concept of the show just didn’t appeal to him.
The General Lee was a 1969 Dodge Charger. (Okay, we all know that one but still.)

While TV cousins John Schneider and Tom Wopat were certainly popular there was only one character which out shown them. Who could that star be? The General Lee of course! It seems that out of the 60,000 fan letters the show received each month about 35,000 of those letters were to, or rather about, the General Lee.

·         Dennis Quaid was considered for the part of Luke Duke but there was one problem with that. At the time he was married to P.J. Soles whom he wanted to play the part of Bo and Luke’s cousin Daisy. Unfortunately for Dennis, and fortunate for us, Soles just didn’t seem to be the right fit for the role and the rest is history. Tom Wopat was eventually cast as Luke and Catherine Bach as Daisy.

·        John Schneider was only 18 years old when he was cast as Bo Duke despite the fact that the producers actually wanted someone between the ages of 24 to 30 years of age. I think the fact that he happened to mention that he could do some of the stunt driving helped.

·        It also turns out that John Schneider wasn’t a good old country boy as he portrayed in his audition. He was actually a native New Yorker. 

·        Before being cast as Luke Duke, Tom Wopat was a stage actor and was flown in to do a screen test with John Schneider. 

·        John and Tom first met in the men’s room where they began talking about music when Tom’s guitar was spotted under a stall door.
·  Worried censors would not allow Catherine’s skimpy jean shorts on camera it was decided that she would wear a few layers of panty hose in case of wardrobe malfunctions.
 Former First Lady Nancy Reagan was a Daisy Duke fan. It turns out that Catherine’s former grade school teacher, Shirley Moore, went on to work in the White House. After Catherine send her one of her posters, she received a letter back from her letting her know that Mrs. Reagan was a fan. Not wanting to disappoint her fans Catherine sent over more posters.

·   Remember that there were a few episodes in which James Best, who played sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, didn’t appear? There was a reason for that. Turns out that instead of having a private dressing room to change in after one of his famous chased with those Duke boys they just hosed him down instead. He demanded a private dressing room in which to change in and was gone for five episodes. (Who could blame him?)

·    There were also a few episodes in which Ben Jones, who played “Cooter” the mechanic, is missing as well. Why? Ben thought his character should have a beard but the executives wanted him to be clean-shaven instead.

·    After years of wrecking as many Dodge Chargers as find for their seventh, and final season, in 1985, the production team chose to turn to a miniature car for some of their stunts. It wasn’t the wises move the team had made an according to Tom in an interview he gave to E!, “It was a source of humiliation to all of us on the show.”

·   Believe it or not, Tom Wopat’s hood slide across the General Lee, the footage showing in the opening credits, was an accident! According to him the slide has been unintentional and that the first time he tried sliding across the hood the car’s antenna injured him.

·   Did you know there was an animated series? I didn’t, but as it turns out “The Dukes,” was produced by Hanna-Barbera and aired in 1983. The series only lasted for twenty episodes so instead of being grounded in Hazzard County this series traveled the work taking the boys to places like Hong Kong and Greece.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Classic Nick Rocks

Fandango – Autos Moda y Rock and Roll

Martina McBride – This One's For The Girls

Joboxers – Just Got lucky

One Direction – Kiss You

Stevie Wonder – Part Time Lover